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CODE 106705
ACADEMIC YEAR 2023/2024
CREDITS
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR ICAR/18
LANGUAGE English
TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
SEMESTER 2° Semester
TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The module will focus on the study of the interdisciplinary dialogue between film and architecture. Starting from the early days of cinema we will consider the two disciplines’ engagement with a range of styles and art movements. We will explore how specific typologies of spaces are represented on film and, at the same time, focus on the spaces of exhibition– the movie theatre, but also the museum and the built environment as a site for film and media projection, with particular attention to the element of sound and acoustics in film and architecture.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The module aims to provide a critical framework facilitating meaningful interdisciplinary dialogue between film and architecture, considering both cinematic representations of the built environment and the ways in which these representations have influenced architectural practice.

On successfully completing the module students will be able to demonstrate:

  • A detailed understanding of the relationship of cinematic arts to architecture and the built environment.
  • Systematic interdisciplinary knowledge regarding the histories and theories found at the intersection of architecture and film, including technical considerations.
  • The ability to critically analyse and form considered judgements regarding the aesthetic treatment of architecture in film.

PREREQUISITES

None

N.B. Students will require English language skills equivalent to CEFR level B2 or higher in order to meaningfully engage with course content; however, it should be stressed that the assessment process focuses on developing research skills and privileges an awareness of core concepts over finer issues of language proficiency. 

TEACHING METHODS

Lectures, discussions, in-class analysis of seminal works.

Classes are held in person. Attendance, although not compulsory, is recommended. No remote learning is available for this course.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

Key Topics

  • Historical and cultural constructions of space in cinema
  • Cinema as urban critique
  • Cinematic representations of the ‘global city’
  • The role of sonic narratives in the creation of virtual spatial experiences
  • Utopian and dystopian cinematic urbanism
  • Visionary architecture and the cinematic arts

Course content does not differ for attending and non-attending students.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Indicative Reading

Barber, S. (2004). Projected Cities: Cinema and Urban Space. Reaktion.

Bruno, G. (2002). Atlas of Emotion: Journeys in Art, Architecture, and Film. Verso.

Cairns, G. (2013). Architecture of the Screen: Essays in Cinematographic Space. Intellect.

Clarke, D. (1997). The Cinematic City. Taylor & Francis.

Lamster, M. (2000). Architecture and Film. Princeton Architectural Press.

Mennel, B. (2019). Cities and Cinema. Routledge

Pallasmaa, J. (2007). The Architecture of Image: Existential Space in Cinema. Rakennustieto.

Penz, F., Koeck, R. (2017). Cinematic Urban Geographies. Palgrave Macmillan.

Shonfield, K. (2000). Walls Have Feelings: Architecture, Film & the City. Routledge.

This list is not exhaustive and is subject to change. The course has NO SET TEXT. These core works will be supplemented with articles made available throughout the semester. Further bibliographic indications and guidance regarding the MANDATORY RESEARCH PROJECT will be given upon module commencement. There are NO ADDITIONAL TEXTS for non-attending students; those intending to sit the exam without attending the lessons are advised to make themselves known to the course coordinator, to ensure that their research projects meet minimum requirements.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Exam Board

JOEL ALEXANDER CATHCART (President)

PAOLA VALENTI

ALESSANDRO FERRARO (Substitute)

LESSONS

LESSONS START

Lessons begin on Monday 19 February 2024.

Class schedule

L'orario di tutti gli insegnamenti è consultabile all'indirizzo EasyAcademy.

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

Oral examination. Students will be required to develop, present and discuss a personal research project which interfaces with the module’s principal themes and critical framework.

Bibliographical guidance and feedback regarding the chosen research topic will be provided periodically throughout the course in order to facilitate student self-assessment regarding core research skills. Active participation in this process will be considered as part of the final evaluation.

Personal research projects must be submitted to the course coordinator via email at least 10 days prior to the chosen exam date.

 

ASSESSMENT METHODS

 

  • Originality of the chosen research topic
  • Detailed understanding of key theoretical concepts, historical and cultural contexts
  • Analytical clarity and nuance
  • Communicative skills
  • Appropriate use of terminology
  • Bibliographical awareness (not limited to content directly referenced during contact hours)

Exam schedule

Data Ora Luogo Degree type Note
21/12/2023 15:00 GENOVA Orale
23/01/2024 15:00 GENOVA Orale
06/02/2024 15:00 GENOVA Orale
07/05/2024 15:00 GENOVA Orale appello riservato ai laureandi della sessione estiva
18/06/2024 15:00 GENOVA Orale
02/07/2024 15:00 GENOVA Orale
12/07/2024 15:00 GENOVA Orale
10/09/2024 15:00 GENOVA Orale

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